Congress-backed TV channel to be launched in Middle East

June 10th, 2008 - 5:08 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Sonia Gandhi

Thiruvananthapuram, June 10 (IANS) The Jaihind TV, a Malayalam TV channel backed by the Congress party, will launch its operations in the Middle East Thursday as part of its move to become a global player. The launch will take place at the Radisson SAS Hotel, Dubai, the channel said in a release here Tuesday.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi will inaugurate the function. Kerala’s Leader of Opposition Oommen Chandy, State Congress president Ramesh Chennithala and upcoming superstars Dileep and Gopika will also be present.

The Jaihind TV, launched in August last year by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, is a 24-hour channel with emphasis on news and current affairs programmes.

It is a joint venture between Bharath Broadcasting Network (BBN) and Jai Hind Communications (JHC), both headed by Dubai-based Keralites, and the Congress party.

The Middle East is home to a large number of Indian diaspora, especially from Kerala.

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